NYT: Bargaining for Rights in Exchange for NHL in Olympics (UPD: Daly in Sochi)
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03-20-2013, 02:06 PM
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I watch hockey in the Olympics because it's the only time they get together and play by country.
Huh? There are World Championships at the Senior, U-20, and U-18 levels every year.
If the NHL was smart enough to organize their own version with the players Union and Ice hockey federation and even the various SEL, FEL, RSL.. I'd gladly watch that instead.
They did do that, the World Cup of Hockey which failed miserably, and the NHL was smart enough to give up on it and focus on a hockey tournament that people actually watch - the Olympic hockey tournament.
Olympic hockey isn't watched by olympic fans.. it's watched by hockey fans.
Yeah, I doubt the 20 Million people in China that watched the Norway - Switzerland round robin game were already hockey fans.
There's no way in hell there's 28 Million hockey fans in the U.S. either.
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